Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Books Into Movies 2016

There are a lot of movies coming out this year that are from books. Recently an article went around on my facebook newsfeed about different books-into-movies that are coming out this year. A few of them are: The BFG, Allegiant, A Monster Calls, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and Fantasic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Here is the article: 14 books you need to read before the movies come out in 2016

And here is a list of books-into-movies that are coming out in 2016.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Poster
Batman VS Superman Dawn of Justice: March 25
The Jungle Book (2016) Poster
The Jungle Book: April 15

Tarzan of the Apes in color.jpg
The Legend of Tarzan: July 1

Captain America: Civil War (2016) Poster
Captain America: Civil War: May 5

X-Men: Apocalypse PosterX-Men Age of Apocalypse Omnibus HC 2nd Edition #1-1ST
X-Men Apocalypse: May 27

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Poster
Alice Through the Looking Glass: May 27
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Poster
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows: June 3

Suicide Squad: August 26

Pete's Dragon (2016) Poster
Pete's Dragon: August 12

Let It Snow: December 9

Doctor Strange: November 4

The BFG (2016) Poster
The BFG: July 1

A Monster Calls: October 14
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Poster
Middle School the Worst Years of My Life: October 7

Me Before You Poster
Me Before You: June 3

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Poster
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: November 18

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Poster
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: September 30

Waiting On Wednesday: Heartless

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's "can't-wait-to-read" is:

18584855title: heartless
author: marissa meyer 
book birthday: november 8, 2016

blurb from goodreads: 
  Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

TTT again. This week's topic: My Spring TBR list. I've been looking for more fantasy lately so most of my TBR list is in the fantasy YA group. I've also been looking for some POC books and there a few that have come out or are coming out this year. It's very exciting ^_^


1. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Middle Eastern sharp shooting Amani escapes with a foreign fugitive. Sounds good to me.
2. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Inspired by Indian mythology and an arranged marriage that takes a different turn.
3. Wendy Darling:Stars by Colleen Oakes. Ok, I am totally judging this one by it's beautiful cover, and also the Peter Pan connection.
4. Sparked by Sheena Snow. I usually read one or two futuristic novels a year. This is definitely going to be one of them.
5. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker. "Jane Austen meets X-Men in this gripping and adventure-filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London." Need I say more?

6. The Enchanter Heir and 7. The Sorcerer Heir Cinda Williams Chima. I read the first three novels in this series way back when and I've been putting off continuing the series. But I do want to read the Seven Realms novels very much so I might read The Demon King instead.
8. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira. This is the only realistic fiction on my list because the book blurb seems really interesting and what bookish person hasn't taken romantic advice from the characters they've read about.
9. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry. The backdrop of this novel is Puerto Rico and the main character is mixed race. There's also a legend that ties into a magic world of a girl that has a fatal touch.
10. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. Blackbeard origin story. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one and I really want to read it myself to see what all the buzz is about.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Random Ramblings

I decided since I've been M.I.A. for a while that I would vent about what has been going on lately.

1. My students' book reviews.... It's not that they're terrible. It's more that they just struggle with forming their own opinions. It kinda sucks because I've recently taken a position working with a different set of kids so I won't be here with those students to really water the seed I've planted. I can only hope that they continue to use the template we started with (if you are a teacher, here are the links from readwritethink.orgbook review template 1book review template 2). 

2. My class library. Because I've taken the new position at a different site, I don't know what will happen to my class library. I'm sharing my classroom at the new site. I had been keeping my personal YA and middle grade novels in the classroom but there's no room to keep them in this new classroom. Looks like I will have to donate more and keep my favorites for Baby Jay.

3. My husband is getting on my nerves. Just get me my second bookcase and our storage problems will be solved -_- 

4. Storage space for Baby Jay. New apartment, still unpacking and rearranging things. My sister is staying in the second bedroom that Baby Jay was supposed to have so all of his stuff is in the living room. I saw this wonderful shelving unit for toy and book storage, it's just a matter of getting it...

5. Reading for reviews. So, I've started this challenge thing with to read 30 books this year. I want to write more book reviews, I really do. But with work, baby jay, husband, and grad school... it gets to be overwhelming and I find myself watching k-dramas during my downtime instead of reading books. Maybe I'm having trouble choosing a book to read because I find myself standing and staring at my bookcase for a book to read or browsing the library website or netgalley or edelweiss for a new book, and by the time I think I've found one I have to go be a mom or  I realize there's some assignment I have to do. So I binge watch watch k-dramas. I find a drama I like that is 20 episodes, each episode is an hour long and each month I watch one or two k-dramas. I do miss the feeling of losing myself in a good book. 

So yea. Right now I'm kinda avoiding doing work while Baby Jay is sitting here next to me watching Thomas the Tank Engine. I will cuddle with my cuddle-bug and deal with everything else tomorrow.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Review: The Revelation of Louisa May

title: the revelation of louisa may
author: michaela maccoll
book birthday: april 14, 2015
rating: 3.5 stars

blurb from goodreads:
Louisa May Alcott can't believe it—her mother is leaving for the summer to earn money for the family and Louisa is to be in charge of the household. How will she find the time to write her stories, much less have any adventures of her own? But before long, Louisa finds herself juggling her temperamental father, a mysterious murder, a fugitive seeking refuge along the Underground Railroad, and blossoming love. Intertwining fact, fiction, and quotes from Little Women, Michaela MacColl has crafted another spunky heroine whose story will keep readers turning pages until the very end.

I am fascinated with Louisa May Alcott and loved reading Little Women as well as watching the many different versions of the movie. The Revelation of Louisa May had a good beginning; we meet a 15 year old Louisa May who has to face the burden of her family being separated so her mom can work to earn money for the family. Louisa May takes on the responsibilities her mother had as well as assisting her family with their role in the Underground Railroad. This book was a light read. It took me forever to finish it because of school, work, etc.but it was enjoyable. The subject matter is not as intense as I thought it would be. Oh, and it was refreshing to see some familiar characters we know were involved in Louisa May's life like Ralph Waldo Emerson. All in all, this one was a good book to come home to and read a chapter or two after a long day at work and with Baby Jay. 3.5 stars because it's not really one I would read again or own on my bookshelf.